kalanchoe

[ kal-uh n-koh-ee, kuh-lang-koh-ee, kal-uh n-choh, kuh-lan-choh ]
/ ˌkæl ənˈkoʊ i, kəˈlæŋ koʊ i, ˈkæl ənˌtʃoʊ, kəˈlæn tʃoʊ /

noun

any of several chiefly African and Asian succulent plants or shrubs belonging to the genus Kalanchoe, of the stonecrop family, having mostly opposite leaves and branching clusters of flowers.

Nearby words

  1. kalam,
  2. kalamata,
  3. kalamata olive,
  4. kalamazoo,
  5. kalambo falls,
  6. kalashnikov,
  7. kalat,
  8. kalathos,
  9. kalb,
  10. kalb, johann

Origin of kalanchoe

Borrowed into English from New Latin around 1820–30

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British Dictionary definitions for kalanchoe

kalanchoe

/ (ˌkælənˈkəʊɪ) /

noun

any plant of the tropical succulent genus Kalanchoe, grown as pot plants for their small brightly coloured flowers, sometimes scented, and their dark shiny leaves: family Crassulaceae

Word Origin for kalanchoe

New Latin, from the Chinese name of one of the species

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